Commencement order is signed to initiate final project for Convention Center, November 30, 2012
â€˘ The deadline for this phase is 129 calendar days.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board and the International Design Consortium signed a commencement order today to initiate the final project for the National Center for Conferences and Conventions of Costa Rica.
This comes after the Comptroller General's Office guaranteed the endorsement contract between the two parties, which concluded the process of formalization for the execution of this project, which involves the development of plans and subsequent monitoring.
Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism, explained that this first phase includes the elaboration and delivery of the revised draft, the creation of the final version, the drafting of the construction plans, general technical, and special specifications, preparation of a detailed project budget, work schedule, maintenance program for the project and the preparation of the emergency plan. The deadline for this phase is 129 calendar days.
Also, Samuel BermĂşdez, Legal Representative of International Design Group Consortium, said that this step represents the starting signal to begin the process of design and construction plans of the National Center for Conferences and Conventions, which include civil works and interior fittings and finishes.
According to Flores, Phase II which consists in the supervision of the project construction contract shall be made once the requirements and formalities to implement this contact are met.
Project for the National Center for Conferences and Conventions in Costa Rica moves forward, November 21, 2012
â€˘ The comptroller endorsed the procedure to formalize the contract and a referendum for the preparation of the final project.
â€˘ 80% of the events based in Latin America meet on average 3,000 participants according to the statistics from the ConfederaciĂłn de Entidades Organizadoras de Congresos y Afines de AmĂ©rica Latin (COCAL, in Spanish).
The project for the first National Center for Conferences and Conventions of Costa Rica continues to move forward. The General Comptroller of the Republic endorsed the referendum of the contract between the Costa Rica Tourism Board and the International Design Group Consortium, thus concluding the formalization process for the implementation of the final phase of this project, which consists in the elaboration of the plans and later monitoring of the same.
This development is in addition to other important steps such as the completion of feasibility studies, effective institutional coordination for verification of availability of public services in the area defined for the development of the project, the facilitation of the land use authorizations, the completion of basic studies such as the detailed topography of the land identified for the work location, the geotechnical engineering, traffic impact, approval of environmental impact studies, among others.
Tourism Minister, Allan Flores explained that this is a fundamental step for the implementation of this project. ?With the construction of the first National Center for Conferences and Conventions of Costa Rica, we are committed to the diversification of tourism in Costa Rica, to strengthen our global competitiveness and to take the challenge of entering into the profitable niche of conferences, conventions and fairs in the world,? said Flores.
Just last year alone, more than 52,000 tourists visited our country on the basis of workshops, conferences and conventions. Mr. Flores said that because of country?s consolidated world famous natural attractions, our strategic location, air connectivity and the positioning of the sustainable tourism development model that characterizes us as a nation, this will allow the commitment to this new market to generate multiple benefits, such as increased additional hotel nights, increased foreign exchange earnings and a revisit from those participating in conferences and conventions, and their companions, creating a multiplier effect on the economy by promoting linkages with other important economic activities.
The National Center for Meetings and Conventions of Costa Rica will be located in Barreal, Heredia, on the south side of the facilities for the National Center for Food Supply and Distribution (CENADA for its abbreviation in Spanish).
Costa Rican tourism strengthens strategies to position themselves in the English market, November 6, 2012
? From November 5th to 8th, the WTM Fair will be held at the Excel Convention Center in London.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board, 21 national tourist companies and one tourism association will participate in a new edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), the most important tourism fairs in the English market and one of the most renowned tourist events worldwide.
According to Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism, tourism potential in international fairs is an excellent strategy to position the destination in a market of great importance and profitability, as is the English market, which in 2011 provided approximately $25.1 million in currency, becoming the seventh country that generated the most currency in said period.
?We continue our work in market diversification, taking advantage of important opportunities such as the participation in the WTM. We are convinced that we will have an excellent turnout, just as we have had in previous years and the negotiations that will be established, will generate important revenues for tourism development and the positioning of sustainability as our calling card to the world,? stated Flores.
During the fair, in addition to the negotiations with the different international tourism sector representatives, the promotion activities and the programed events for the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA, for its acronym in Spanish) for the Region will be supported.
In 2011, 35,689 British tourist visited (78% of them by air), almost half visited Costa Rica because of a recommendation by friends or families.
During the period 2005-2011, the average stay was of 14 nights and $90 a day spent per person. Among the main activities that were carried out by the tourists include canopy, snorkeling, surfing and the hanging bridges, besides the traditional activities of sun and beach and bird observation, among others.
For 33 years, the WTM has positioned itself as one of the most important tourism fairs worldwide. It brings together close to 48 thousand professionals in the travel industry, tourism ministers and international press.
WestJet connects Toronto- Canada to Liberia- Guanacaste, October 29, 2012
â€˘ Airline will have two flights per week (Mondays and Saturdays)
â€˘ Canada is the second most important revenue source in tourism for Costa Rica
As of today, the Daniel Oduber QuirĂłs International Airport, located in Liberia, Guanacaste, will receive regular flights through WestJet airlines from Toronto, Canada.
The airline will fly twice a week (Mondays and Saturdays) with a Boeing 737-800, which has a capacity for 166 passengers and is the largest aircraft in their fleet. It is estimated to bring 34,528 passengers per year round trip.
For Allan Flores, the Tourism Minister, the arrival of this airline reaffirms the governmentÂ´s commitment to attract airlines to Costa Rica, made easier with the open-air agreement with Canada and negotiations established by the ICT with major players within the airline in Calgary where WestJetâ€™s operations are located.
â€śIn addition, a negotiation is underway with the airline to work together on a cooperative campaign. Also, WestJet was given all the support they needed to obtain the necessary operating permits by the government of Costa Rica, through the Civil Aviation Management Department. These permits were granted in record time for the direct benefit of the airline,â€ť stated Flores.
â€śOur new non-stop seasonal service between Toronto Pearson and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport represents yet another milestone for our growing airline,â€ť said Cam Kenyon Executive Vice-President, Operations of WestJet . â€śIt is the first time in our 16-year history that we have operated scheduled service into Central America, and in doing so, we continue to offer our guests more opportunities to experience more destinations than ever before. We look forward to a very successful service between Toronto and Costa Ricaâ€ť.
Cam Kenyon, the vice-president of executive operations for WestJet, assured that this new non-stop route between the Toronto Pearson and the Daniel Obuber International Airport represents a milestone which will add to the growth of this company. Â¨This is the first time in 16 years that we have operated in Central America and we will continue to offer our customers more opportunities to travel to new destinations. Therefore, we hope this service between Toronto and Costa Rica will be a successful one,Â¨ said Palmer
Canada generated the second most in revenue in tourism during 2011, only after the United States; around 142 million dollars, according to Flores. A new regular connection will greatly increase Costa RicaÂ´s position among one of its main tourism markets.
In 2011, 133,033 Canadian tourists arrived to Costa Rica, 90% of which was by air. The average stay has been fairly consistent (15 nights on average). The average daily expenditures during 2005 and 2010 are around $88.
Some of the activities that Canadians enjoy in our country are canopy, snorkeling, surfing, and excursions to the hanging bridges, as well as traditional activities (sun and beach, bird watching, among others).
WestJet is a low-cost airline that offers service to 81 destinations in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The airline employs 8,600 people and has a fleet of 99 Boeing 737Â´s.
During the first quarter of 2012, international arrivals throughout all ports of entry grew 7.4%., August 9, 2012
â€˘ In June, the Juan SantamarĂa International Airport registered 80% of the arrivals by air.
According to data provided by the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs (DGME in Spanish) and analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), during the first six months of the year, Costa Rica saw 1,285,599 international arrivals through all ports of entry.
Air transportation saw 856,672 international arrivals, which represents a growth of 6.2%; meaning 50,021 more arrivals than in the first quarter of 2011.
The Juan SantamarĂa International Airport registered 655,530 arrivals, while the Daniel Oduber QuirĂłs International Airport registered 198,913 arrivals, showing a growth of 26% with respect to the previous year.
The ICT keeps an information system that allows it to monitor various indicators within the sector, much of which is available on its website and shows data beyond simply international arrivals or tourism growth. This is just one of the many indicators and is related to the overall level, which is obtained from data submitted by the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs (DGME) and refers to the number of arrivals to the country over a determined period of time through all ports of entry (air, land, maritime, and rivers).
According to Allan Flores, the Tourism Minister, this is a highly respected indicator and is recommended by the World Tourism Organization, which allows it to measure increases or decreases in levels with respect to tourism for the country as a whole.
The objective of data of this nature is to establish the most objective measuring tool possible with respect to tourism activity within the country and to make annual comparisons from year to year that almost dates back to 1950, as well as to make comparisons with other destinations or regions, including international data provided by the WTO.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board releases the statistical information in the most presentable and classified manner possible, in a way that it is available for the public, as well as business owners, investigators, or experts that prepare marketing or feasibility studies.
According to Flores, in addition to the general data on tourism activity, a wide range of various types and levels of information are offered like arrivals through classified ports of entry, arrivals of nationals, geographic zones, non-counted arrival estimations, all based on departure surveys that are provided at ports of entry related to reason for travel, stay, expenses, activities done, and others, broken down by ports of entry, among others.
Arrivals through air make up almost 70% of all arrivals
In the first quarter of 2012, almost 70% of all international arrivals were registered by air. If you look at the comparison by months in 2011-2012, it is seen that growth by this means of transportation holds constant.
For example, in June, 130,282 international air arrivals were registered (98,308 from North America-the United States, Canada, and Mexico), which represents a growth of 7.5% in relation to the same period in 2011. Almost 80% of these arrivals came through the Juan SantamarĂa International Airport.
For Flores, the behavior of air arrivals reflects the hard work that has been carried out to attract new airlines and increase the frequency of flights, which leads to positive effects in the increase of the number of available seats to Costa Rica.
CRUISE SEASON STARTING UP IN COSTA RICA, August 9, 2011
â€˘ The Grand Plaza cruise liner will dock in Puntarenas on August 8th, which kicks off the 2011-2012 cruise line season.
August 8th signifies the beginning of the cruise line season in Costa Rica with the arrival of the Gran Plaza cruise liner in Puntarenas.
In 2009-2010, ports throughout the country welcomed 264 cruise liners, bringing 385,363 visitors to the country, which are the highest figures the country has seen in the last fifteen years. This number of visitors is 5.4% higher than the 2008-2009 season and 20.5% higher than the number for 2007-2008.
The Tourism Minister, Allan Flores, explained that in spite of the decrease in the number of cruise line tourism throughout the world, Costa Rica has maintained a steady flow of cruise line arrivals and visitors to the country.
â€śThe beginning of the cruise line season represents an opportunity to promote Costa Rica within this market. We have made various efforts to guarantee that cruise line activity remains competitive,â€ť stated Flores.
The start of the cruise line season kicks off with the arrival of the Great Britain Gran Plaza cruise liner, which will dock in Puntarenas. The cruise ship weighs 77 tons and has a capacity of 1,950 passengers. The ship consists of 4 levels, glass elevators, a casino, a discotheque, a movie theater, laundry services, a spa, a library, shops, a gymnasium, four swimming pools, a basketball court, a golf simulator, among other attractions.
Flores also added that the ICT is jointly working with other Central American countries to take advantage of the opportunities that port cities provide in order to create and plan cruise line itineraries that involve various tourism destinations and generate more visitors.
Along with the arrival of the Gran Plaza cruise liner there will be an official ceremony to commence the start of the cruise line season on Monday, at 9 am in Puntarenas. There will be cultural events such as a traditional masquerade parade to welcome the first visitors of the season.
ICT INCLUDES BOUTIQUE HOTELS AS NEW FORM OF LODGING, July 27, 2011
â€˘ Currently, 45 hotels are classified under this type of lodging
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) added the Boutique-style lodging to the seven already existing types of hotels under the Regulation Guidelines for Tourism Lodging Businesses. These businesses have a minimum of five rooms, with private bath, and are characterized by offering personalized high-quality comfort and service. They also have luxurious facilities. The decision was approved by the ICT Board of Directors during session No. 5677 on February 15th, 2011 and was made public on July 18th in the official newspaper La Gaceta.
â€śWith this reform, we recognize the effort, quality, and experience that these business owners make available to tourists, in the 45 hotels that are currently classified under this type of lodging and we hope they keep growing,â€ť stated the Tourism Minister, Allan Flores.
The Boutique hotels have a total of 1,235 rooms, have the Tourism Seal and 81% have been ranked between 4 and 5 stars. They are located throughout the country, mainly in San JosĂ©, Puntarenas, and Alajuela. The cantons of Santa Ana, downtown San JosĂ©, Aguirre, and San Carlos are where the highest concentration of these types of lodging establishments are located, although they are also located in more than 23 cantons, as well.
Flores added that the Boutique Hotels generate employment for around 2,000 people with an average of 1.61 employees per room, which surpasses the average of 1.2 employees per room in the rest of the national lodging establishments. These hotels are geared toward tourists that prefer personalized service in a luxurious environment.
Other types of lodging
â€˘ Hotel: Minimum 10 rooms with a private bath, daily rates, and services like restaurants, cafeterias, and bars.
â€˘ Apartotel: Minimum 10 apartments with one or two bedrooms, private bath, dining room, and kitchen, which are all furnished. Also includes cleaning services and a reception area.
â€˘ Hostels: Minimum 7 rooms with a bed and private bath. There are various types depending on the design and specialization. Eco-tourism, beach, mountain, and youth hostels.
â€˘ Villas â€“ cabins: Communal groups with at least 7 rooms with a private bath, one or two beds, dining room and kitchen. They are generally located along the beach, river, lakes, or in the mountains.
â€˘ Boarding house: This is an establishment with personalized service and a minimum of 5 rooms with private bath, an eating area, reception area, and occasionally offers informal lunch or dinner.
â€˘ Botels: These facilities are located on some kind of floating facility, or on a passenger boat that can remain stationary or move around as needed.
â€˘ Rural tourism lodging: These establishments have a minimum of three rooms with a private bath, and also offers food and beverage services. They are located in rural settings.
ICT ENCOURAGES ONLINE TRAINING FOR EUROPEAN TRAVEL AGENTS, March 24, 2011
â€˘ They will be accredited as â€śExperts on Costa Rica.â€ť
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) invites travel agents from Germany, Switzerland, England, and Holland, to register for online training in order to be accredited as â€śExperts on Costa Rica.â€ť
This program is the result of an alliance between the ICT and the Futuropa Association Group and will last until September 2011. It is geared primarily towards travel agents in Germany, England, Holland, and Switzerland.
This teaching method called E-learning, is free and is made up of six modules that last a month each. They cover the primary tools that are needed daily for their job to promote Costa Rica as a tourist destination (See Box).
The six E-learning modules are already online and agents from the 4 markets already mentioned that pass the six courses will be certified as experts on Costa Rica and will be eligible to participate in a raffle for trip to Costa Rica for two winners. Eight airline tickets in all will be provided by the ICT. The lodging and transportation within the country will be covered by Futuropa.
The ICT sees these training as an important tool to help promote Costa Rica in a more professional way and contribute to initiatives from various markets.
The ICT marketing director MarĂa Amalia Revelo said, â€śThis initiative is essential to bring European tourists to Costa Rica. Most visitors to Costa Rica from Europe come by way of travel agencies.â€ť
This is a unique opportunity for tour operators to be trained and become professionals on Costa Rica as a tourist destination.
The training is available at www.costaricaelearning.com (English version) or www.costaricaelearning.info (German version).
For more information, contact Adriana Brenes, Futuropa firstname.lastname@example.org or at + (506) 2291-4542.
Module 1. Basic facts on Costa Rica
Module 2. The best of Costa Rica by region
Module 3. Activities and adventures
Module 4. Hotel infrastructure and tourism products
Module 5. Discovering Costa Rica
Module 6. Sales tactics
ICT promotes medical tourism during international insurance representativesâ€™ visit, February 11, 2011
Eleven managers and upper level representatives from key North American insurance companies are visiting Costa Rica to learn firsthand the type of healthcare and recovery services offered to foreign tourists interested in medical tourism in Costa Rica. This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort by the Costa Rica Tourism Board and the International Promotion of Medicine in Costa Rica (PROMED).
The Tourism Minister, Carlos Ricardo Benavides states, â€śThe visiting representatives come from much respected North American companies in the insurance industry. Our objective is to improve our product and develop our image as a prestigious destination to obtain medical services.
This is the fourth â€śfamâ€ť trip in Costa Rica which includes visits to internationally certified medical centers and various national attractions where patients can recover. The insurance representatives will visit, among others, CIMA Hospital; La CatĂłlica Hospital; Nova Dental Clinic; Colina Dental Clinic; the UNIBE clinic; the New Smile Dental Clinic and the ClĂnica BĂblica Hospital. They will also visit La Fortuna and Monteverde.
Some of the participating insurance companies are the National Benefit Builders INC., Clear Choice Benefits, and Affiliated Benefit Solutions.
â€śWe hope to reach around 100,000 tourists over the next three years, and hopefully they will recommend us to others back home,â€ť said Massimo Manzi, PROMED Executive Director.
These efforts are part of the preparations for the Second Medical Travel International Business Summit, which will take place May 2-4, in Costa Rica with some 500 participants from 10 different countries.
The most sought after surgeries in Costa Rica are odontology, plastic and esthetic, orthopedic-bariatric-cardiovascular, and other types of medical treatments.
COSTA RICAâ€™S EXOTIC AND BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS WILL BE FEATURED IN ABCâ€™S HIT, February 1, 2011
The sixth episode of The Bachelor will be taking place in and around the breath taking mountainous and tropical landscapes of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. La Fortuna is the home of the spectacular and beautiful Arenal volcano, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. The episode will feature romantic adventures ranging from zip lining and waterfall rappels to cave exploration with the newest Bachelor Brad Womack.
Womack, who shocked Bachelor fans by rejecting both of his final bachelorettes in one of the most controversial finales in the seriesâ€™ history, returns three years later, having undergone a radical personal transformation he feels sure has readied him to make a genuine commitment to a relationship. Tune in to watch Womack on his search for true love, on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7th (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) was thrilled to host the cast and crew of The Bachelor and welcomed them to their diverse and beautiful country.
The cast and crew of The Bachelor stayed at the new world class luxury The Springs Resort and Spa in Arenal, Costa Rica. With its abundant natural resources the resort offers guests the opportunity to experience hot spring pools, horseback riding, hiking, bird
watching and an assortment of river related activities such as kayaking, fishing and swimming all with a
gorgeous view of the mystifying Arenal volcano. The Costa Rica Tourism Board is proud to have such a wonderful resort to welcome the show.
Costa Rica is a home for an incredible variety of different destinations that include peaceful waterfalls, lush rainforests, pristine sandy beaches, and gorgeous mountainous regions. The options are unlimited for any discriminating traveler: horseback riding; nature hiking; having an exhilarating experience on a
white-water rafting trip; observing the tropical forests from a canopy tour; surfing the blue waves of
either coast; experiencing a quite; close encounter with different species of birds and wildlife; and enjoying the diverse culture and hospitality of the Ticos.
This amazing country is known for its eco-friendly tourism practices and continues to set a global example for sustainable tourism. Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, and bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean.
This small country represents only .05 percent of the planetâ€™s surface and it shelters almost 5 percent of the existing worldâ€™s biodiversity. It has given priority to the conservation of its natural resources, protecting
26 percent of its national territory through the creation of National Parks and other natural areas.
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Costa Rica surpassed two million visitors in 2010 , January 18, 2011
Official Data from the Immigration Office analyzed by ICT
â€˘ International arrivals represent a growth of 9.2%
For the second time in history, Costa Rica regained its annual visitation record of two million tourists in 2010, according to data from the General Immigration Office (DirecciĂłn General de MigraciĂłn y ExtranjerĂa) gathered and analyzed by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT). This number from 2010 represents a growth of 9.2% in international arrivals in comparison to 2009.
According to statistics, 2,099,829 tourists entered the country in 2010 â€“ through all ports of entrance â€“ whereas in 2009, the number was 1,922,579 and in 2008, 2,089,174. The increase represents 177,250 more visitors since 2009 and 10,655 more than in 2008, the year when Costa Rica first surpassed the two million mark.
â€śWe are very optimistic about this growth of 9.2% because international tourism grew between 5% and 6% in Latin America and less elsewhere, hovering between 4% and 5%,â€ť Tourism Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides pointed out.
Benavides added that, â€śthis data must be considered within the context of the continuing world economic crisis, which causes tourists to spend less during their stay in Costa Rica, a factor that depends on the visitorsâ€™ countries of origin and lies outside our control.â€ť
Incoming visitation from Costa Ricaâ€™s most important market, the United States, totaled 830,993 tourists. It also registered an increase of 7.2% with respect to 2009 when the country welcomed 770,129 people from the United States. The Canadian market also reported an increase of 14.3% in 2010 with an overall 119,655 registered visits.
The Juan SantamarĂa International Airport â€“ the countryÂ´s main port of entrance â€“ registered the arrival of 1,189,925 passengers in 2010, an increase of 5.5% with respect to 2009 when 1,127,599 incoming visitors were recorded.
Last year, 225,224 international tourists entered the country through the Daniel Oduber International Airport, 34,468 more people than in 2009, which represent an increase of 18.1%.
The General Immigration Office (La DirecciĂłn General de MigraciĂłn y ExtranjerĂa, DGME) is the institution responsible for registering migration via all ports of entrance and exit in the country (airports, borders and maritime ports). The Costa Rica Tourism Board gathers and analyzes the data supplied monthly by the DGME; the information is available at the following site
ICT to charm Spaniards at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, January 18, 2011
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), along with 37 companies, 4 associations and national chambers from the sector will participate between January 19th and 23rd at the 31st edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, Spain (FITUR), one of the most recognized and prestigious of its kind in Europe.
This fair boasts the greatest participation from companies in the private Costa Rican tourism sector; in 2011, it will be represented by a delegation comprised of 21 tour operators, 12 hotels, 3 rental car agencies and one airline (see list below).
Tourism Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides pointed out that, â€śSpain is Costa Ricaâ€™s biggest European market. FITUR represents an important medium for promoting our country and reinvigorating the great positioning that Spanish and European tourists overall enjoy.â€ť
Benavides added that, â€śthis fair is a great way to negotiate with large international wholesalers and airlines, as well as with hotel chains interested in coming to Costa Rica.â€ť
In 2010, FITUR reconvened 10,966 promoters from 166 countries. It also managed to unite more than 124 thousand professionals and 7 thousand journalists from around the world. This fair factors in days for negotiations between businesses and later opens to the public to showcase promotions from different countries and presenting agencies.
The average stay of Europeans in Costa Rica is thirteen days with a daily budget of $112. Spaniards tend to travel in pairs or with friends.
Some noteworthy activities done by Spaniard tourists during their stay in Costa Rica include canopy, snorkeling and hanging bridges, in addition to more traditional options like sunbathing and bird watching, among others.
The ICT also participated in the international Vakantiebeurs fair in the Netherlands â€“ between January 11th and 16th â€“ during which Costa Rica was promoted as the ideal vacation spot for 2011. The average stay of these tourists in Costa Rica is 16 nights and their daily budget from 2005 to 2009 averaged $83 per person.
ICT was also represented at the adventure fair in Santa Clara, U.S.A. and at the end of the month, it will participate in the Adventure Show in Chicago; both events recognize Costa Rica as an adventure destination.
Costa Rican companies that will participate in FITUR 2011:
3.Adobe Rent a Car
4.Rain Forest Aerial Trams Pacific & Atlantic
5.Best Western IrazĂş Hotel & Casino
6.National Car Rental
8.Doubletree Resort By Hilton Puntarenas
9.Casa Corvocodo Jungle Lodge
10.CAST Central AmĂ©rica
11.Swiss Travel, Costa Rica
12.Toyota Rent a Car Costa Rica
13.Punta Leona Hotel & Club Beach Resort
15.Costa Rica Top Tours
16.Hotel Royal Corin
17.Hotel Ramada Plaza Herradura
19.Destinos Tour Operador
20.Horizontes Nature Tours
21.Radisson Europa Hotel
22.Viajes Sin Fronteras
23.Hotel Mountain Paradise
24.Go Tours-Pachira Lodge Tortuguero
25.Gray Line Costa Rica
26.Hotel Resort Parador & Spa
28.Marriott Hotels & Resorts of Costa Rica
29.Costa Rica Sky Adventure
30.Grupo Mawamba / TrogĂłn Lodge
31.JourneyÂ´s de Costa Rica
34.Uniglobe Viajes ColĂłn-DMC
35.Saint Germain Tours
36.Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica
39.Costa Rica Hotel Association
41.National Tourism Chamber
THE COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD HIRES THE INNOVATIVE 22SQUARED ADVERTISING AGENCY TO PROMOTE COSTA RICAâ€™S EXCEPTIONAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PRACTICES TO THE GLOBAL MARKET, January 13, 2011
22squared will be putting a special emphasis on advertising to the North American Market
This month The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) hired the 22squared Advertising Agency which will be responsible for advertising Costa Ricaâ€™s high sustainability standards internationally, with a special emphasis in the U.S. and Canadian markets. This is the first time that the ICT has hired a firm located in their largest tourism market.
22squared is one of the six largest independent advertising agencies in the United States, has 89 years of experience and 268 employees. Its headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, with a branch in Tampa, Florida.
"The 22squared advertising agency was selected for its excellent reputation among its renowned clients and at the same time sharing the vision of sustainability that encompasses a balance between the natural, financial, capital, human and social fundamentals of the Tourism Development Model adopted and practiced by the Costa Rica Tourism Board. With the creative and innovative advertising that 22squared provides, the Costa Rica Tourism Board looks forward to a great partnership with the agency that will highlight our best tourism practices to the unique and diverse visitors that travel to our beautiful country,Â¨ added Carlos Ricardo Benavides, Tourism Minister, The Costa Rica Tourism Board.
The ICT selection process included a thorough screening process supported by the market research firm Menlo Consulting Group, which narrowed the search to 52 different advertising agencies in the United States and Canada. The ICT chose 10 finalists and 22squared won.
Marketing Director of ICT, Maria Amalia Revelo, emphasizes " Tourism experience, good recommendations from their customers, a shared vision for sustainability, and a reputation for establishing long term relationships with their accounts, were key to the choice of this firm. "